How My Dog and I Celebrate Halloween
Halloween at our house is all about our little Pete — who just happens to be a Chihuahua. In true pack-animal fashion, Pete loves to be included in whatever my husband and I are doing, and our Halloween traditions are no exception.
Halloween is a month-long event for us. The month brings back memories of childhood: neighborhood spook-houses and roaming dark neighborhoods with our friends in search of treats (and the occasional mischievous trick). Every year, we look forward to recapturing the fun and nostalgia of those bygone Halloweens, and our excitement always rubs off on Pete.
On Oct. 1, the spooky decorations come out. Pete carefully inspects each decoration as I pull it out of storage, and follows me from room to room to watch as I put them up. What he's really watching for is for me to turn my back. As soon as I do, he snatches his favorite decoration — a plush bat — and carries it off to add to his toy stash. None of the plush decorations are safe as long as they're in Pete's reach.
The first of the month is also usually when we start snacking on Halloween candy. We keep a big plastic pumpkin filled with chocolate treats on the living room coffee table. Of course, Pete's not allowed to eat chocolate but we make it up to him by giving him a yummy dog treat, like Milk-Bone® Mini's Peanut Butter Flavor Biscuits. He loves his treats even more than he loves the Halloween-themed toys we give him to play with each year — and that's saying a lot. He really loves his toys.
As the big day draws closer, we include our pup in some holiday-related activities. Sometimes it's something as simple as walking around the neighborhood and looking at the neighbors' decorated yards. We get a kick out of watching him bark at skeletons or growl at ghosts hanging in the trees. This year, we're planning to take him to the local pumpkin patch. I'm looking forward to watching him sniff out the best pumpkins to bring home.
We don't often do costumes, but depending on the weather, I'll dress Pete in a Halloween-themed tee-shirt or sweater, like the jack-o-lantern sweater I knitted for him. He usually wears it proudly as I carry him to the door to greet trick-or-treaters, who are often even more interested in the cute little dog than the candy. He also likes to supervise our pumpkin carving — from a safe distance, of course — and then nestle down between us on the couch while we watch scary movies, too busy watching for one of us to drop a piece of popcorn to actually sleep.
Halloween would still be my husband's and my favorite holiday if it was just the two of us. But being able to include our best little buddy in our holiday traditions makes them something truly special to look forward to each year. The funny thing is, I think he looks forward to them, too.
What's your pet's favorite thing about Halloween? Do you celebrate together? Tell us in the comments below.
Photo Credit 1 & 2: Matt Bauhaus
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